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Georgia native last surviving sailor on the USS Stephen Leacock

 John Calvin Graves and a replica of the Liberty ship he served on, the S.S. Stephen Leacock. Photo/Carolyn Cary

Fayette County, Georgia native, John Calvin Graves, 84, is believed to be the last surviving sailor who served on board the US Merchant Marine ship, the S.S. Stephen Leacock.
The ship was one of only two named in World War II for someone outside the United States. Stephen Leacock was viewed as Canada’s “Mark Twain.”
His summer home was in Orillia, Ontario, just north of Toronto. The town is home to a museum in his honor, and this past November 5, dedicated a model of the ship at the museum. Read More»

Police Blotter 121609

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Tuesday, December 8 - Monday, December 14

Misty Gale Ellison, 27, of Jones Road, Forest Park, for probation violation and financial identity fraud (2).
Catherine Adrianna Driver, 20, of Primrose Court, Fayetteville, for failure to appear.
Ritchie Carter, 53, of Edgewood Drive, Atlanta, for loitering/prowling and possession of drug-related objects. Read More»

Smith says 1-cent transportation tax not likely

It was a discussion the first week of December at a meeting of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) about a possible 1-cent sales tax for regional or statewide transportation projects being included on the November 2010 ballot. ARC member and Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith said issues exist with both ideas and that neither are likely to be approved. Read More»

Monument signs at Pavilion back on F’ville agenda

The Fayetteville Planning Department is recommending approval of 11 additional monument signs proposed for the Fayette Pavilion. The proposal, along with another involving permanent lighting at the soccer field on Tiger Trail, will be heard at the Dec. 17 City Council meeting.
The Nov. 16 request by DDRC Regional Property Manager Don Jurenek noted the need of retailers along the nearly one-mile stretch of Pavilion Parkway to have their businesses identified on monument signs in the attempt to help offset the hard economic times being experienced due to the recession. Read More»

Uh oh, Bigfoot roaming in north Fayette?

Reports of the sightings of large primates, usually referred to as “Bigfoot,” are not uncommon across the United States. But they are uncommon in Fayette County. At least until this past summer. Read More»

Patriots’ defense may rule the Dome

Patriots’ defense may rule the Dome

If you’re late jumping on the Sandy Creek bandwagon but want to show your support for the Patriots, here’s what you need to know.
The Patriots won their Class AAAA state semi-final game at Griffin last Friday and are now the first football team in Fayette County history to make the state finals.
Sandy Creek Patriots (13-1) vs. Clarke Central Gladiators (12-2) Read More»

Ex-Tyrone man, 45, charged with molesting young relative

A former Tyrone resident was arrested last week for molesting a female relative under the age of 10, according to officials with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Bruce Alan McDonald, 45, of Christopher Road, Sharpsburg, is charged with aggravated child molestation, according to sheriff’s Detective Josh Shelton.
McDonald is believed to have committed several similar offenses over a period of time, but the most recent one occurred last year, Shelton said. There is a potential for more charges to be filed as the investigation continues, Shelton said. Read More»

3 arrested in 2 Fayette armed robberies

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has made arrests in connection with two armed robberies that were reported on Nov. 29 and again on Nov. 30.
On Thursday, Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators, with the assistance of the Fairburn and Palmetto police departments, arrested Sedrick Whatley, 19, and Kevin Wygant, 17, both of Fairburn. They were each charged with two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of kidnapping. Read More»

F’ville delays Pavilion request for more parkway ‘monument’ signs

A variance request by Fayette Pavilion owner/manager Developers Diversified Realty Corp. for additional monument signs along Pavilion Parkway to help draw needed customers was tabled prior to the Dec. 3 Fayetteville City Council meeting for further review. The issue could be taken up at the Dec. 17 meeting.
The Nov. 16 request by DDRC Regional Property Manager Don Jurenek noted the need of retailers along the nearly one-mile stretch of Pavilion Parkway to have their businesses identified in the attempt to help offset the hard economic times being experienced due to the recession. Read More»

PTC OK's 'raise' for volunteer firefighters

A program to help pay Peachtree City volunteer firefighters expenses will have its maximum cap raised from $3,000 to $4,500 for this budget year.
The stipend program allows volunteers to be compensated $10 for each call they answer, each training event they attend and each time they performa four hour shift of station duty, in which they respond to all necessary calls with no further compensation. Read More»

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